O tech gurus:
I may need to convert a lot (more than 1,000 pages, total) of printed documents (double-sided, eight-and-a-half by eleven) to PDF format. I’d prefer that they have searchable text, not just images of text, so I need OCR.
But so far I’m not having any luck with the online PDF creation at Adobe or with the demo of Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional. I keep getting error messages, especially ones related to the source image not being at a high enough resolution. But my ancient scanner, an HP ScanJet 3300C that I’ve never much liked, doesn’t want to change its ways.
So I’m considering picking up a new scanner, preferably one with a document feeder that isn’t going to jam. Recommendations?
Also, any recommendations for OCR software, esp. that can handle English text with the occasional Chinese character without rejecting the whole page? (I don’t care about Chinese OCR – just that the software won’t get freaked out when dealing with something unexpected.) And, ideally, it would be able to save to PDF.
My system is a little old: Win2K, Pentium 4, 1.6 GHz, 524 MB RAM. I suppose an upgrade could be possible, if that would speed up my task considerably.